West Palm Beach Mail, Bank & Wire Fraud Attorney
Aggressive prosecutors routinely charge defendants with mail, bank or wire fraud to obtain a conviction that might otherwise be impossible. In our experience, the government needs very little evidence to sustain an indictment and obtain a conviction with these charges. Many innocent people get caught up in these prosecutions, often when they are completely innocent. If you have been charged with mail, bank, or wire fraud, you should contact a West Palm Beach fraud attorney now.
Defining the Crimes
Mail fraud encompasses any scheme perpetrated with the intent to defraud or obtain property or money by fraudulent means, so long as you use the mail or private carriers to further the scheme. For example, someone who mails solicitations as part of a fraudulent real estate scheme could be charged with mail fraud. Use of the mail or private carriers is essential for a mail fraud charge; however, the mailing itself could be incidental to the overall scheme.
Federal prosecutors bringwire fraud charges under 18 U.S.C. 1343 whenever the fraudulent scheme involves electronic transmittal in foreign or interstate commerce. The elements for wire fraud parallel those of mail fraud but, instead of using mail, the defendant must have used a telephone call or electronic communication across state lines. For example, someone who sells fake vitamins and calls out-of-state customers has committed wire fraud. As with mail fraud, the phone call might itself be incidental to the overall fraudulent scheme.
Under 18 U.S.C. 1344, bank fraud includes any scheme a defendant knowingly participates in to defraud a financial institution or obtain money or other assets by false promises, pretenses, or representations.
Fraud is a serious offense. If convicted of mail fraud, you could face up to 20 years in prison along with a large fine. If you commit bank fraud, you can face up to 30 years in jail and a fine of up to $1,000,000.
Of course, not every defendant receives the maximum prison sentence or fine. However, risk-averse criminal defendants will obtain an experienced white-collar defense attorney as soon as possible to begin building a defense.
Speak with a Mail, Bank & Wire Fraud Attorney in West Palm Beach
All federal prosecutions must be taken seriously, regardless of whether you are actually innocent. In many cases, innocent people get caught up in fraudulent schemes without their knowledge and suddenly face mail, bank, or wire fraud charges. To defend yourself, you need an attorney with an intimate knowledge of federal law who can marshal the facts in your favor.
At the Skier Law Firm, criminal defense is what we do. We have represented countless criminal defendants on mail, bank, or wire fraud charges and understand these laws inside and out. We know how to identify weaknesses in the federal case and how to exploit inconsistencies and evidentiary gaps. Our goal is to provide you with an aggressive defense that forces the prosecutor to come up with quality evidence of your guilt.
To start building your defense right away, contact us by calling 561-820-1508 or sending us an online message.